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Bad Left Hook Boxing Rankings (Jan. 14, 2020): Jaime Munguia in at 160, Joe Smith Jr returns at 175

Jaime Munguia and Joe Smith Jr scored decisive wins over the weekend.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Rankings will be posted each Tuesday at Noon ET.

Ranked fights this week:

  • Light Heavyweight: (7) Eleider Alvarez vs Michael Seals, Jan. 18
  • Junior Middleweight: (1) Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario, Jan. 18

Upcoming Fights: (1) Tyson Fury vs (2) Deontay Wilder, Feb. 22

Upcoming Fights: (5) Kevin Lerena vs Firat Arslan, Feb. 8 ... (1) Mairis Briedis vs (2) Yuniel Dorticos, Mar. 21

Notes: Joe Smith Jr is back in the top 10 after his pretty dominant win over Jesse Hart, last week’s No. 10. That fight was ruled a split decision, which is absurd, Smith was clearly the better man. With his power Smith is dangerous against anyone. He says he wants another shot at Dmitry Bivol eventually, but next for him might be the winner of this coming weekend’s fight between Eleider Alvarez and Michael Seals, as Top Rank have options on Smith now and Bob Arum says he’s interested, with Joe DeGuardia, Smith’s promoter, saying they’ll be attending that fight.

Upcoming Fights: (7) Eleider Alvarez vs Michael Seals, Jan. 18 ... (1) Artur Beterbiev vs Meng Fanlong, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (4) Caleb Plant vs Vincent Feigenbutz, Feb. 15 ... (3) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, May 2

Notes: Jaime Munguia’s move up to middleweight was successful, as he battered and stopped Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan on Saturday in San Antonio. Munguia looked good enough in the fight that I thought he deserved a spot here. He takes the No. 10 slot previously occupied by Liam Williams, which is a fight I’d love to see, that could be a real war. Munguia likely has bigger designs, though; he picked up a minor WBO belt with the win this weekend, and as a former WBO titleholder at 154, his target may well be Demetrius Andrade. Both are with DAZN, it could be an easy enough fight to make.

Upcoming Fights: (3) Demetrius Andrade vs Luke Keeler, Jan. 30 ... (2) Gennadiy Golovkin vs Kamil Szeremeta, Mar. 28 ... (1) Canelo Alvarez vs TBA, May 2

Notes: With Munguia going up, we had a vacancy to fill here, and I’m going with European champ Sergio Garcia. The 27-year-old from Spain doesn’t have any great wins, but he’s a quality boxer.

Upcoming Fights: (1) Julian Williams vs Jeison Rosario, Jan. 18 ... (2) Jarrett Hurd vs Francisco Santana, Jan. 25 ... (9) Kell Brook vs Mark DeLuca, Feb. 8

Upcoming Fights: (6) Danny Garcia vs Ivan Redkach, Jan. 25 ... (7) Yordenis Ugas vs Mike Dallas Jr, Feb. 1

Upcoming Fights: (2) Jose Ramirez vs (6) Viktor Postol, Feb. 1

Upcoming Fights: (1) Vasiliy Lomachenko vs (2) Teofimo Lopez, TBA ... (4) Luke Campbell vs (7) Javier Fortuna, TBA ... (10) Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr, TBA

Upcoming Fights: (3) Tevin Farmer vs (7) Joseph Diaz Jr, Jan. 30 ... (9) Masayuki Ito vs Yongqiang Yang, Feb. 1

Upcoming Fights: (2) Gary Russell Jr vs (4) Tugstsogt Nyambayar, Feb. 8 ... (6) Kid Galahad vs (9) Claudio Marrero, Feb. 8 ... (10) Ryan Walsh vs TBA, Feb. 21 ... (3) Shakur Stevenson vs Miguel Marriaga, Mar. 14

Upcoming Fights: (2) Daniel Roman vs (10) Murodjon Akhmadaliev, Jan. 30 ... (3) Emanuel Navarrete vs TBA, Feb. 22

Upcoming Fights: (1) Naoya Inoue vs TBA, Apr. 25

Upcoming Fights: TBA

Upcoming Fights: (4) Artem Dalakian vs Josber Perez, Feb. 8

Upcoming Fights: (7) Sho Kimura vs Merlito Sabillo, Feb. 15

Notes: 105 can be a tough division to keep up with. Out from the last update are former titleholder DeeJay Kriel, who finally officially moved up to 108 with a win in late November in Mexico that just made it to BoxRec, and Lito Dante, who lost a fight on Dec. 10 at Korakuen Hall that I just didn’t notice, honestly. Anyway, in are 20-year-old Ginjiro Shigeoka, who has a minor WBO belt and has already fought a couple of 12-rounders against veterans, winning both quickly by knockout, and South Africa’s Nkosinathi Joyi, who has been around forever and beat Joey Canoy on Dec. 16 in his last fight.

Upcoming Fights: TBA

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